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Breast cancer awareness tips

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August 14, 2017

DID YOU KNOW?

• Australian women diagnosed with  breast cancer have an 89.6 per cent chance of surviving five years after diagnosis.

• Improvements in survival are attributed to earlier detection of breast cancer through regular mammograms and improved treatment outcomes for breast cancer.

• About eight women die from breast cancer every day in Australia.

• Breast cancer can also affect men, accounting for about 1 per cent of cases. About 110 men are diagnosed in Australia each year.

EARLY DETECTION — SIGNS TO LOOK FOR: 

• A lump, lumpiness or thickening of the breast.

• A change in shape, crusting, a sore or ulcer, redness or inversion of the nipple.

• Discharge from the nipple that is blood stained, clear or occurs without squeezing.

• Changes in the skin of the breast, such as any puckering or dimpling of the skin, unusual redness or other colour change.

• Changes in the size or shape of the breast.

• Unusual or persistent pain that is not 
related to the normal monthly cycle and occurs only in one breast.

TIPS FOR CHECKING BREASTS:

• Use a mirror to get to know the usual look and shape of your breasts.

• Become familiar with the feel of your breasts at different times of the month. You might find this easiest in the shower or bath, lying in bed or getting dressed.

• Feel all the breast tissue from the collarbone to below the bra line and under the armpit, using the pads of your fingers.

— Sources: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Network Australia and BreastScreen Victoria

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